The SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology is presented for exceptional contribution to the field of optical metrology. The award may be presented for a specific achievement, development, or invention of significant importance to optical metrology, or may be given for lifetime achievement. Honorarium $2,000.
Chandra S. Vikram (October 31, 1950 - August 17, 2007) was an expert in the fields of holography and speckle metrology, authoring over 140 papers and a book Particle Field Holography published by Cambridge University Press. He was a Fellow of Optical Society of America and SPIE, and received the Dennis Gabor Award from SPIE. He discovered critical limiting needs of two-color holography for heat and mass transfer studies, pioneered the use of Spacelab-III reconstructed wavefronts, and established a new method of residual stress measurement by laser heating and speckle correlation interferometry. He received a certificate of recognition from NASA for his work done under its Advanced Technology Program.